I remember when Japan was the home to the best and most innovative cellphones on the planet. They had all of these models (and even brands) that most North Americans had never heard of. Sharp is continuing that time-honored tradition with its latest creation, the Sharp Aquos Mini. It’s a smartphone with pressure-sensitive sides ripe for the squeezing.

The Aquos Mini SH-M03 is basically a smaller version of the Sharp Aquos Crystal that was released a couple of years ago. This time around, you get a smaller 4.7-inch 1080p display featuring the company’s own IGZO display tech. This offers a 120Hz refresh rate for a better viewing experience, particularly with faster moving objects. You’ll also notice the near bezel-free design around three sides. That’s why they had to move the front-facing 5MP camera to the bottom.

More notably, the pressure-sensitive sides enable users to confirm “basic actions” by squeezing the phone. I’m not exactly sure how useful this would be in the real world, but it certainly sets the Aquos Mini apart from every other phone. Rounding out the specs are the Snapdragon 808 chip, 3GB of RAM, 16GB storage, microSD expansion, 2810mAh battery, and 13MP rear camera.

No word on price, but we expect the Aquos Mini to be a Japan market-exclusive. Sprint did eventually pick up the Aquos Crystal, so anything is possible.

Squeeze the Sharp Aquos Mini and Bask in its Bezel-Free Glory

Squeeze the Sharp Aquos Mini and Bask in its Bezel-Free Glory

Via Slashgear and Sharp (JP)

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